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Via Appia: smart emergency management for increased road safety

With connected individuals and a connected traffic environment, new opportunities for increased traffic safety for all road users are created — for example detecting, managing and warning about “acute” traffic incidents like accidents, animals in the road or sudden illness.   

Making full use of the opportunities, however, requires creating the fundamental conditions for collaboration between the societal and commercial players concerned — both illustrative applications and offerings. Via Appia is managed by PICTA in partnership with SAFER, the road safety center at Chalmers University.

With connected individuals and a connected traffic environment, new opportunities for increased traffic safety for all road users are created — for example detecting, managing and warning about “acute” traffic incidents like accidents, animals in the road or sudden illness. Making full use of the opportunities, however, requires creating the fundamental conditions for collaboration between the societal and commercial players concerned — both illustrative applications and offerings.

As a concept and a project, Via Appia lays the foundation for such socially useful innovations as well as an ecosystem for developing products and services. Broad existing and future commercial offerings are given the opportunity to collaborate through open interfaces and known requirements for informational content and to benefit from quality-assured management, assessment and prioritizing of alerts and connections to emergency and response services as well as risk warnings in real time.

In addition to commercial offerings for road users and businesses, this will lead to more efficient use of society’s “blue light” resources, increased precision in responses, greater knowledge, lower risk of secondary accidents and reduced mortality and injuries.

Cars, bicycles, motorcycles, public transportation and so on generate incident alerts and information. This is sent to the Via Appia Services (VAS) key function for analysis and evaluation. The results and basic data will be made available to emergency and “blue light” resources for correct prioritizing and handling, and will generate qualified risk alerts to be used by various players — service providers, for example.